Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Roman Catholic Church and the institution of Pope

I’ve dipped into Wikipedia, History.com, Brittanica and the book, The Life and Times of Rodrigo Borgia, by Arnold H. Matthew, to outline the process through which the Popes came into being. I wanted to understand the history of Christianity, the … Continue reading

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Caves and Monasteries of the Iberian Peninsula

Since the 5th century A.D., the Christian religion was practised in the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula. Generally, in those early times, a person would live in isolation as a hermit. One of the earliest sites of a hermitage … Continue reading

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Forceful Woman

Isabella of Portugal was married to King John II of Castile as his second wife, making her also Queen of Castille. Her stepson became Henry IV of Castille. Isabella was 19 when she married John, who was 42. After a … Continue reading

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Coveted Gold

The motivation of humans to control others, destroy those who stand in their way, seems to spring from coveting that which belongs to others. I have researched the hunger for gold prior to the desire of Columbus to set sail … Continue reading

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Retaking the Iberian Peninsula (Reconquista)

The MAPS of the 750 AD period to 1492 reveal how the 800 years of Muslim rule as a Caliphate was eventually overthrown by use of mercenaries (Conquistadors) of the Monarchy in 1492.  These are fascinating maps, interactive and highly illuminating to … Continue reading

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New World, New Food and Concepts of Western Supremacy

Cacique (tribe leader) – perhaps how the Taíno leader may have looked when meeting Columbus.See epicworldhistory In 1492 the indigenous people who lived in the Caribbean and Florida were Taíno, a tribe of the Arawak Indians. At the time of … Continue reading

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